Geriatric Psychiatry

Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Overview

Welcome to the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program website. Our program reflects the unique characteristics of our parent organizations: Palmetto Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science.

Why Train in Geriatric Psychiatry?

  • The elderly are the fastest growing segment of the US population, requiring health care professionals with specialized training.
  • Geriatric psychiatry offers the opportunity to work with and contribute to the welfare of a population that has already given a large part of their lives to bettering our society.
  • Geropsychiatrists are in high demand nationally.

Educational Debt Forgiveness for Geriatric Fellows

The State of South Carolina has approved educational debt forgiveness for geriatricians agreeing to practice in the State of South Carolina for five years. Preference is given to those completing fellowship training in South Carolina. Qualified applicants who are selected for the loan forgiveness program through the State of South Carolina may receive educational debt repayment of up to $35,000 per year of fellowship training.

Since the program's inception in July 2005, a total of $385,000 ($140,000 + $140,000 + $105,000) has been awarded to 14 physicians to practice in the field of Geriatric Medicine or Geriatric Psychiatry in South Carolina. If you've considered a career in geriatrics but have considerable educational debt that is preventing you from making this choice, please consider applying for Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine fellowship program.

Download the applications and instructions at

Highlights of Our Fellowship Program

  • Diverse fellowship-trained faculty
  • Enhanced access to the Geriatric Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Collaboration across various teaching sites and disciplines including the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Geriatric Medicine, Neurology and Hospice and Palliative Care.

Clinical Affiliations

The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Palmetto Health is affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and with teaching sites at:

  • SC Department of Mental Health
  • Wildewood Downs Retirement Center
  • Senior Primary Care Practice
  • Veterans Administration

Our fellowship offers a comprehensive and varied range of clinical training and systems-based learning opportunities to physicians who have completed an accredited four-year residency in psychiatry and are interested in pursuing specialty training in the mental health treatment of older adults. Fellows receive training and supervision from board-certified and fellowship trained geriatric psychiatrists in a variety of clinical settings, including acute in-patient care, long-term institutional care, community-based care and research.

Our faculty include:

  • Board-certified Geriatric and General Psychiatrists
  • Board-certified Neurologists